by Will Boucek

August 27, 2021   

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The Canadian Open tennis tournament is also referred to as the Canada Masters or the National Bank Open presented by Rogers. In this tournament guide, we’re going to show you everything you’d need to know about the Canadian Open.

What’s unique about this tennis tournament is that it takes place in two completely separate locations, Montreal and Toronto. Whether you plan to attend the tournament or want to watch from home, we’ll answer all your questions below.

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About the Canadian Open

National Bank Open presented by Rogers Tennis Tournament logo

The Canadian Open has been around for 140 years, starting in 1881. It’s currently sponsored by National Bank and is the second oldest tennis event only after the more famous Wimbledon.

This tennis tournament is part of the men’s Masters 1000 event for the ATP and the women’s Premier 5 tournament on the WTA tour.

As of February 2021, the tournament’s new title partner is National Bank, and the tournament was re-named the National Bank Open presented by Rogers.

Where is the Canadian Open?

The Canadian Open tennis tournament is in Montreal and Toronto. The ATP (men’s tour) tournament and WTA (women’s tour) tournament alternate between the two cities each year.

In Montreal, it’s held at the IGA Stadium, while in Toronto, the venue is the Aviva Centre.

When is the Canadian Open?

The tournament is held in August each year, right before the Cincinnati Open, and only a few weeks before the start of the US Open.

The 2021 Canadian Open tennis tournament was held from August 7-15.

  • Montreal hosted the women’s (WTA) tournament.
  • Toronto hosted the men’s (ATP) tournament.

Both the men’s and women’s tournaments now take place during the same week. Before 2011, they were held separately in July and August. 

For 2020, due to COVID-19, the tournament was canceled.

Who Won the Canadian Open?

The current champions of the Canadian Open for 2021 are the following players:

  • Men’s singles: Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
  • Men’s doubles: Rajeev Ram (USA) and Joe Salisbury (UK)
  • Women’s singles: Camila Giorgi (Italy)
  • Women’s doubles: Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) and Luisa Stefani (Brazil)

What Court Surface is the Canadian Open Played On?

The court surfaces of both venues are hard court surfaces.

Canadian Open Prize Money & Ranking Points

The total prize money for 2021 was $2.8 million USD for the ATP (down 50% from 2019). The total prize money for the WTA was $1.8 million USD (down 35% from 2019).

  • The men’s singles winner received $370,290 (USD), while the runner-up received $211,000. 
  • The men’s doubles players were awarded $68,440 (USD), while the runners-up got $47,910. 
  • The women’s singles winner received $221,500 (USD), while the runner-up received $164,000. 
  • The women’s doubles winners were awarded $67,000 (USD), while the runners-up got $43,990.

Here are the ranking points for the Canadian Open.

Men’s Singles & DoublesWomen’s Singles & Doubles
Rd. of 1690105
Rd. of 3245 singles | 0 doubles60 singles | 5 doubles
Rd. of 6410 singles | 0 doubles1 singles | 0 doubles

How to Get Tickets to the Canadian Open Tennis Tournament

First, you have to decide whether you are going to Montreal or Toronto. In 2021, the women played in Montreal while the men played in Toronto.

For both tournaments, you can get tickets at the official Canadian Open website. They have separate sections for Montreal and Toronto.

You can also purchase tickets at Ticketmaster or Stubhub. Take note that both of those websites have separate ticket sections for each location.

For both locations, there is the option to purchase VIP tickets that include extra perks like access to the BMW VIP Lounge and a special reserved parking section. You can also purchase individual tickets or multi-day packages for each tournament.

Where to Stay in Montreal for the Canadian Open

You can use Airbnb to find a variety of full apartments, rooms in people’s homes, and entire houses for rent in Montreal.

If you prefer a hotel, downtown Montreal is right near the IGA Stadium, so there are plenty of hotel options to choose from in all different price ranges. You’ll be about three miles away from the stadium.

High-End Hotel Options

For high-end options, check out these hotels:

Both are five-star options with luxury amenities and great dining options.

Budget-Friendly Options

In the budget-friendly hotel category, consider:

Both are four-star hotels that are exceptionally nice, but more affordable than the high-end options.

Getting Around Montreal

The good news is that for the high-end hotels in Montreal, they will offer a complimentary shuttle service to the IGA Stadium for the Canadian Open. You can also use the subway in the city which runs from downtown to the stadium using the De Castelnau Station.

Where to Stay in Toronto for the Canadian Open

You can easily find a place to rent in Toronto near the Aviva Centre with Airbnb.

There are also a variety of really affordable hotels near the Aviva Centre in Toronto. Most of them are in the two to four-star range, so it’s a little harder to find a luxury property in this area. If you want a five-star hotel, you are going to have to stay in downtown Toronto which is about 30 minutes away by car.

High-End Hotel Options

These high-end options are about six miles away from the Aviva Center:

Both are the nicest you’ll find in the area at four stars each.

Budget-Friendly Options

For budget-friendly hotel options, consider:

All of these hotels are less than two miles away from the venue.

Getting Around Toronto

Public transportation is very good in Toronto. The Toronto Transit Commission runs three separate options, the bus, the subway, and the streetcar. Any of these are very easy to take from downtown Toronto, the hotels at the airport, and from other hotels that are around two miles away.

How to Make Your Canadian Open Experience Great 

For both tournaments, you will want to arrive early to make sure you can catch some of the practice matches leading up to the main matches. For day sessions, the gates generally open at 10:00 a.m., depending on the day. Make sure to check the schedule during the week for more details.

Since the tournament is outside in August, you will want to make sure you are prepared with light and comfortable clothing. Wear sunscreen, drink lots of water, and wear comfortable shoes to walk around in.

Both locations have a festival-like atmosphere, with lots of food stalls, entertainment, and shops to buy tennis geared items from.

About the Venue- Montreal

The IGA Stadium in Montreal is a fun place to visit for a tennis tournament. There are two main courts, Centre Court (11,800 seats) and the National Bank Court (4,296 seats). The stadium also has 10 outdoor hard courts, and 16 indoor hard & clay courts.

About the Venue- Toronto

The Aviva Center in Toronto is smaller with only one main court (8,000 seats), so it’s easy to catch all the action. There are 11 small outside courts at the venue, so it’s fun to walk around and see all the players gearing up to take their skills to the next level.

How to Watch the Canadian Open Tennis Tournament On TV

You can catch all the tennis action of the Canadian Open on the Tennis Channel. They also have streaming options on Tennis Channel Plus as well. The men’s matches can be streamed with an ATP TV subscription.

Towards the end of the tournament, ESPN will cover many of the matches.

Will Boucek

About the author

Will Boucek is the Founder & CEO of The Tennis Tribe. He has played and coached tennis for over two decades. Will is a strategy analyst for ATP & WTA tour players and coaches. He also tests the latest tennis racquets, shoes, & other gear from Wilson, Babolat, Head, Prince, and other tennis brands. He currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas where he plays USTA leagues & tournaments.